W[illiam] H. Trout
[Aug. 1876] Page 5I do not know how to thank you enough for your splendid photo we know how to appreciate it you may depend I send you a poor return the eyes have a dazed expression I meant not to have sent it but to sit again However an accident in a small way has happened me Friday last while putting up an iron store front here; a joist fell taking me heavily on the eyebrow and nose, bruised and peeled both somewhat, but inflicted no severe injury. Strangers might think to see me, that I was the victim of a big row. My count[illegible]ance is certainly not such as I wish to photograph and send to my friends. This also accounts for your getting this letter to day as I am not fit to be seen in meeting. The other card represents our family as it was 3 ½ years ago; about a year and quarter before the decease of the same two children. Our present family is much the same except that the sexes are reversed as we have a little daughter now eleven months old since last writing you You must readily admit that I have the advantage of you in [in margin: 00741]
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 11.5 cm.
Reel 03, Image 0457
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